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Eggless Barley & Raisin Scones – A Scrumptious Breakfast to Start Your Day With!

8 March 2011 47 Comments

Barley Raisin & Honey scones

I had my first shot of Barley when my mom thought I needed extra energy to pep up myself after my pregnancy. And Barley water used to be the regular alongside the loads of other tasteless, bitter and weird food on my plate 🙁 Never thought I would develop a liking for this grain. Thanks to internet I am loving it all over again!

My pantry now proudly displays this wonder grain and my breakfast table is always filled with a few dishes from it,  Barley flavored water being the most common amongst all.

I did Google search and found that Barley has very weak gluten unlike wholewheat and may not give good results in baking recipes using yeast, which require kneading & rising. But can be fully replaced in baking which are leavening based. And I baked these Barley scones using Honey and lots of Raisins.

The scones are extremely scrumptious & tender with nutty & earthy flavors of Barley with the slight sweetness of raisins and honey in it. I got the idea of blending the raisins for the batter from ‘Healthy Eating for Life for Women’ (link is lost). The ground raisins in the batter gave a lovely color to the scones.

Barley Raisin & Honey scones

Assembly line for baking…


(makes 6 scones)

  • 1 cup of hand pound pearl Barley
  • 1 tbsp of refined flour (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of Raisins
  • 1/4 cup of Honey of Maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp of curd/yogurt
  • 1 tbsp of Oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda

Method: Grease a baking tin with oil and preheat it in the oven for 10 minutes. Wash and dry the pearl Barley. Hand pound the grain or grind it in a mixie. Take a large vessel and pour this hand pound barley. Add baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon powder into it. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. I avoided the refined flour in the first barch and added it in the second, the result was a lighter and fluffy scones, but I would still prefer the former over the later 🙂

Barley Raisin & Honey scones

Ground Raisins and yogurt.

Grind the raisins and curd in a blender. Take another vessel and  add this ground raisins into it. Add oil and mix it well.

Barley Raisin & Honey scones

In they go…

Pour the liquid batter into the dry Barley mix and give a gentle stir till all the ingredients are mixed. Grease the baking tin with oil and dust with a teaspoon of Barley flour.

Pour a ladle full of the above made batter on the greased tray leaving a gap of few inches. Bake the scones for 15-20 minutes at 200°C or till they look golden brown in color.

Barley Raisin & Honey scones

Out come the golden beauties..

Take out from the oven and cool them completely (if you are lucky enough 🙂 Serve these eggless Barley Honey & Raisin Scones as it is or smeared with butter or fruit jam of your choice.

eggless barley honey & raisin scones

Honey, raisins and barley..a healthy combo!

These scones taste equally delicious with Honey and a cup of tea!

Barley Raisin & Honey scones

Can you see the raisins and the lovely soft texture!

The pretty Honey raisin scones from inside out! Looks gorgeous…Oh and taste great too 🙂

Barley Raisin & Honey scones

A yummy bite!

A bite from the golden beauties…love the raisins, honey and cinnamon flavors in them.

Barley Raisin & Honey scones

Remember the Palm sugar jam 🙂

Remember the Palm sugar mixed fruit Jam I posted recently, its the same spread…Slurrpp!


  1. Replace half of the Barley flour with refined flour if you want a fluffy and plump scone.
  2. You can add white sugar in place of Honey, but increase the liquid content accordingly.
  3. Use Barley flour instead of pound Barley, for an even looking scone.
  4. Makes a healthy snack box for the kids.

Try the three Barley Drinks I posted recently.


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  • Lata Raja said:

    I am so in love with these scones. Baking with barley seems worthy considering it is such a healthy version!
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  • VeenaAravind said:

    need some time to explain..it is healthy,looks delicious,perfect for kids and me..:) and there is so much about this recipe..once i settle down..this is the recipe i would be trying soon..!

  • pavithra said:

    Wow looks awesome with all goodness and also perfect texture.

  • Simone said:

    O those look amazing and I bet you can tell they are healthy while eating them! It looks delicious!
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  • chitra said:

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  • chitra said:

    Looks & sounds yummy 🙂
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  • Nithya said:

    wow.. this is fantastic 🙂 I have never tried barley and this post is tempting me to give it a try 🙂 You are awesome I say.. you try a lot of different combinations 🙂 hats off buddy. Proud to be your friend and congrats on getting featured 🙂

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Nithi, Thanks, and me too proud to be a friend of yours 🙂

  • Panchpakwan said:

    Looks so yummy and inviting scones..
    Congarts on blogadda newbie..
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  • Priya said:

    Scones looks super delicious,healthy and prefect to enjoy without any guilt..awesome Sanjeeta..
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  • anh said:

    Oh I lve these eggless scones 🙂

  • Umm Mymoonah said:

    Wow! That’s really healthy scones and that palm sugar, oh my! simply couldn’t resist that.

  • Angie's Recipes said:

    Those barley scones look sensational!
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  • Malar Gandhi said:

    Very healthy indeed, perfect to kick start the day…
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  • Heather @girlichef said:

    I definitely don’t “do” enough with barley…these look scrumptious indeed. Congrats on your feature, as well…so cool 🙂
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  • rebecca said:

    always enjoy your blog so healthy

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Rebecca, same here also 🙂

  • Shirley said:

    How ingenious. I would never have thought of barley scones!
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  • Keerthana@LifenSpice said:

    I too am not very fond of Barley, but like you I have found a lot of recipes which make me want to try:)

    Congrats on being featured!

  • Roxan said:

    Barley scones? That sounds so good! I’ve never had that before. I saw a recipe on quinoa muffins recently that reminds me of these scones. Both sound heavenly.

  • Sehra bindal said:

    Sooooooo healthy….thanks

  • Reshmi said:

    Healthy and yummy recipe…

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  • Priya Mahadevan said:

    Wonderful, Wonderful pictures! Love these babies!
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  • Maria @ Scandifoodie said:

    I’m a huge fan of barley, so this is simply delicious!
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  • Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said:

    These scones look amazing.I have never tried baking scones.Love the last picture of jam pouring out.So tempting.
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  • Treat and Trick said:

    Barley is the first ingredient I need to try next, surprisingly these turned out excellent despite almost no fat added. Yummy!
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  • Sweet Artichoke said:

    Your scones are perfect and they look so good and healthy!

  • Joanne said:

    What gorgeous scones! I love how healthy delicious they are!
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  • sweetlife said:

    congrats on the feature, barley scones..wow I would love to try these!!

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  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective said:

    Wow, healthy scones?!? What a concept! They look lovely.

  • Soma said:

    Oh so this is what u had been having while tweeting! never would have thought of making scones with barley. u do come up with fab recipes.
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  • RS said:

    Looks very delicious…Your have nice and lovely blog…Please visit my blog when you have time…

  • Reeni said:

    These look very lovely indeed! I never baked with barley – would like to try it – bet it adds a great flavor. Congratulations on your blog being featured!
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  • marla said:

    These scones are so fun, love that you ground up the barley for flour.

  • Barbarab said:

    I’ve had barley in soups, barley in salads and even barley as a side dish, but never have seen it in a scone! Amazing recipe and interesting to grind it up into a flour. Would love to try these!
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  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. said:

    So glad you connected with me on twitter so i could find your site!

  • sukanya said:

    I never used barley in baking, yours seems to be very interesting,
    glad to follow you

  • Preety said:

    love the eggless version
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  • Juliana said:

    Wow, your scones look yummie, and I love the idea of barley…great texture, would love to have it with a cup of tea 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

  • Raji said:

    Scones are looking great…and congrats for being featured in big adda. Your recipes are always so great and healthy.Cheers.
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Raji, thanks!

  • Hari Chandana said:

    Wow.. looks so perfect and delicious.. Amazing presentation !! Thanks for the wonderful recipe 🙂

  • Kairali sisters said:

    Lovely scones and as u said a perfect thing to start the day with 🙂

  • Suja Sugathan said:

    Looks irresistible..healthy and yummy

  • A little bit of everything said:

    Barley scones? Never heard before but I’d definitely love to try them.
    Thanks for sharing, the last photo made me drool instantly
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  • Sarah, Maison Cupcake said:

    They look so wholesome! I’d love to try these.
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  • pigpigscorner said:

    What a great idea adding barley to scones! I usually just drink barley water.
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